Friday, February 17, 2012
Talk of a brokered convention continues. Today, the Boston Herald offers this:
The prospect of a brok-ered Republican convention has reared its head — with the re-emergence of conservative lightning rod Sarah Palin as a GOP savior — as the controversial Alaskan said she’d be willing to “help” if her party can’t choose a nominee ahead of the August rubber- stamp event.
Sean Trende of Real clearpolitics.com said that if the current trend of stark regional divides continues — with Mitt Romney taking more moderate states, Newt Gingrich taking southern states and Rick Santorum taking the conservative heartland — it could go all the way to the convention without a clear winner, as the Democrats narrowly avoided doing in 2008. And disgruntled delegates rebeling against a Romney candidacy could tip the balance for a right-leaning star. Enter Palin.
“Who are those people going to gravitate towards if they can’t get Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum? Will they pick Sarah Palin? It’s very possible,” Trende said.
Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential pick, told Fox News that if the primary turmoil drags on, “all bets are off as to who will be willing to offer themselves up in the name of service to their country. I would do whatever I could to help.”
“No one really knows what a brokered convention looks like in modern times,” Trende said. “If no one has enough delegates, you’ll probably see Sarah Palin walking around the floor of the convention trying to get support. And you’ll have party brokers who want it to go to Mitch Daniels or Paul Ryan. My personal opinion is it will be a mess.”
Well, one person's mess is another person's miracle.
Nothing at all may come of this brokered convention talk, but who knows? We'll just have to wait and see.
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